Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Bites

This video will be played on a laptop alongside a display of the books discussed.  Hope this generates some interest in our new books!

Flaky Fingernails....

Finished book #11.  Don't you just love the cover?  I can't tell if her fingernails are shiny or if the paint is flaking off...I like to think the latter because that is what my nails look like quite often:)

Girl, Stolen by April Henry
Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne has just learned that she has pneumonia.  Her stepmom stops at the local pharmacy to pick up some medicine while Cheyenne stays in the car.  The car is stolen...with Cheyenne in it.  She is in a bad situation, but what makes it worse is....she is legally blind.
Griffin, the boy driving the car, realizes what he has done, but it is too late to turn back. He takes the car, with Cheyenne in it, to his father, Roy's, house.  Learning that Cheyenne is the daughter of a wealthy businessman,  Roy demands a large sum of money as ransom.  While held captive, Cheyenne forms a relationship with Griffin and tries to convince him to release her.  Will he let her go?  Will Roy kill her once he gets his money?

This was a pretty good novel...fast-paced and easy to follow.  It reminded me a little of Stolen by Lucy Christopher, but it wasn't near as creepy.

Recommended for: Teens looking for an adventure
Rating: 4 stars

Friday, October 1, 2010

Delivery Two

Shipment two came in this afternoon.  It includes:
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
The Demon King by Cinda Wiliams Chima
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Lost for Words by Alice Kuipers
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Payback Time by Carl Deuker
Torment by Lauren Kate
You by Charles Benoit
The Horrors of Andersonville: Life and Death inside a Civil War Prison by Catherine Gourley

Can't wait to read them all!

Book #10

Finally...I'm in the double-digits.  I DO realize that I must finish 90 more books by the middle of May in order to reach my goal of 100 books this school year.  It can be done....

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

I know, I know...everyone else has already read this.  I tried to read this a few years ago and for some reason, it did not appeal to me.  Maybe it's the whole "end of the world" theme...anyway, I chose this as the October selection for my high school book club and I really liked it. 

A meteor crashes into the moon, sending the large object closer to Earth, thus affecting the moon's gravitational pull.  There are tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes and the results are catastrophic.  Miranda, through entries in her journal, tells the story of how the climate change, famine, and lack of communication from outside her Pennsylvania town affects her and the relationships she has with friends and family. 

Although this topic seems to be a little overdone, Pfeffer gives the reader a unique look at the after-effects of disaster.  At times, Miranda is a typical self-absorbed teenage, but she is also a loving person and selfless when she needs to be.  Her relationship with her mother is a little strained; however, she is able to look past that to see how much her family means to her.  Again, I truly enjoyed this book and will give it to many readers.

Recommended for: Adventurous teens or those interested in science and the future

Rating: 4 stars